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Miss Smith and the Haunted Library (edition 2012)

by Michael Garland

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Title:Miss Smith and the Haunted Library
Authors:Michael Garland
Info:Puffin (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Halloween, Library

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In my opinion, this is a great book. I liked this book because it was a fun story to read. There were a few times when I laughed out loud while reading. The librarian, Virginia Creeper, starts off the library trip by reading the “Incredible Storybook”. As she reads the characters begin to fly out of the book. Frankenstein, the Wicked Witch, and Captain Hook are some the characters that are flying out of the book. At first the children were afraid, but after cookies and cider, they all start to party together. The writing is very engaging and detailed. The author seems to find the right words to describe perfectly what is happening. “Then, with a thunder of hooves, the Headless Horseman leaped out of the book!” I also like the illustrations. The illustrations do a great job of drawing the reader into the story. The illustrations are detailed and colorful. The author does a great job of using the illustrations to show the characters’ emotions. For example, there is a part where the children are frightened, and it is shown clearly on their faces. One child is covering his eyes, and a two of them look like they are about to cry. The author even included a page about where to find the scary creatures. The page shows the creatures from the story, and what stories to read to learn more about them. The big idea of this story is to entertain children with a fun Halloween story. ( )
  Chawki6 | Oct 29, 2014 |
Eh, not my favorite children's library story...but not too bad. I liked how the book characters became less scary when they came out of the storybook as "ghosts," but I was unsettled by the assumption portayed in the story that the approaching senior citizen book clubbers would be unsettled by the book character "ghosts." ( )
  dukefan86 | May 29, 2013 |
Genre: Fantasy
Review: This is a good example of fantasy that begins with a realistic trip to the library and then characters from books start coming to life.
Media: Watercolor, Pencil ( )
  abarajas09 | Mar 29, 2012 |
This is a wonderful story about a teacher, Miss Smith, who takes her class on a little trip to the library to meet a special person. This special person is able to show Miss Smith's class how special reading can be, when she is bale to bring characters from different stories to life.

I thought that this story was very cute and I loved how it tied in Halloween with the importance of reading.

This would definitely be a fun book to share with my class during Halloween time and also, I would ask my class which character they would make come to life, like they do in the story, and why.
  mlunsford17 | Oct 17, 2010 |
I liked that this book created a multicultural class of students but none of the characters or teachers are of the non-dominant race. It was a little scary at first and the three year old I read it to was nervous until they started to have a halloween party with the characters. I did like that it used pastiche and at the end provided a reference guide to what stories the characters came from.

This would be a good story to use at a library halloween party for children. They can recognize the characters and then talk about the ones they are dressed up as. ( )
  lnpowers | Jun 23, 2010 |
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"A fun filled literary adventure."
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When Miss Smith reads from her magical book, the worlds she describes come alive?literally! Today Miss Smith is taking her class on a field trip to a deliciously spooky library. There the class meets librarian Virginia Creeper and settles down to listen to a few scary tales. Before long everyone?s favorite creepy characters are stalking the library and a haunted party is in full swing. So . . . who?s for taking a ride with the Headless Horseman? This richly illustrated, colorfully designed story captures the thrill of letting imagination run wild.

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When Miss Smith brings her students to the public library, they not only meet Virginia Creeper, the librarian, but also a host of frightening creatures that emerge from the pages of the "Incredible Storybook" as Ms. Creeper reads her favorite tales.

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